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The Development of Intelligent Minds


This research mission broadly aims to understand how children grasp new concepts from few examples, how children build upon layers of concepts to reach an understanding of the world and have the flexibility to solve an unbounded range of problems. Can we build AI that starts like a baby and learns like a child?

Goals include defining common-sense “core knowledge” and replicating learning algorithms used by babies up to 18 months to eventually build robots that can flexibility to adapt to new situations.

During Advances in the quest to understand intelligence, held at MIT on Nov. 4, 2022, Professors Josh Tenenbaum, Laura Schulz, and Rebecca Saxe introduced the Developing Intelligence Mission and the research coming from it.

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